With summer heat baking most of the country, I find myself being in and around the water every weekend! I might be kayaking, paddle boarding, or just relaxing at the beach and I’ve found myself wishing I had a better music source. However I’m not one to run the risk of trying to keep something dry around the water. My rule is don’t take anything that can’t get wet along when you’re on the water. I’ve seen countless phones get ruined, speakers sink, and this could all be prevented. Now there are cell phone cases now that are completely waterproof but I generally just use a dry bag. The issue is that I like to use my phone to play music. Well my problems are solved with the creation of bluetooth waterproof speakers. Now not all of these are made the same and a good water proof speaker is going to cost you between $50-$100. You’re going to want to invest in a good speaker rather than throwing your money away at a “splash-proof” speaker that sinks and dies the first day out on the water. Here are 4 different waterproof speakers that are perfect for the active lifestyle out on the water.
Miccus eXtreme SPX7: $50 This could be considered a base model bluetooth waterproof speaker. It has a battery life of 6 hours but realistically playing music at a decent volume it’s only going to last 5ish hours. It comes with a handle to attach it to your gear, a bicycle mount, and a suction cup. Careful with the suction cup, if it doesn’t have a good suction it could slide from the area you mounted it which could lead to damaging the internal components. This is meant to be waterproof and not necessarily your bang around speaker.
MediaBug Summit Rugged Water-Resistant Speaker: $65 Ok so this one is one the list because it is borderline waterproof. Key words water-resistant doesn’t mean take it swimming. However it does the job for most uses on the water. The attachable key loop lets you attach it quickly and easily. It uses advanced technology which I won’t get into which lets it have better sound as well as increased battery life: 14 hours! Another cool benefit is that the device actually can charge your phone as well. Even though its not water-proof, its got some great sound and cool features.
ECOXGEAR ECOXBT Rugged and Waterproof Speaker: Best Speaker $78 This has the best of both worlds and then some! A 10 hour battery life, rugged frame, high end clear sound and of course fully waterproof! This also has a waterproof mic for hand-free calling as well! Another benefit is that the speaker is not strictly bluetooth, there is a wired listening option as well. This is our choice for waterproof speaker!
NYNE Multimedia Aqua Floatable Waterproof Speaker: $100 This is the most expensive version but yet seems to fall short in certain areas. It does shine in others. It is designed to be a floating speaker or shower speaker. It isn’t your rugged outdoor bluetooth waterproof speaker and may not last if left in the elements. The output on this speaker isn’t as praised as some other speakers. The strap that comes with is great for hanging in the shower though. Just not sure if it’s worth the $100 price tag.
These are just some choices to get you out on the water and enjoying some music at the same time. This way you don’t have to stay dry to keep the music going! Do you have a favorite waterproof speaker we didn’t mention? Leave a comment.